Friday, August 8, 2014

Production Controller~Week One

I’m on my own now….well, not really. Diane’s last day was Thursday after end of month closing….about 5:30. This week was ‘sink or swim’, and I’m still alive, although I have had a lot of people throwing out the life raft to help me, hence, ‘not on my own’.  I’ve asked for less each day, and hopefully by the end of the month I’ll know what I’m doing, and will  have gained some speed. I have put in some extra hours this week trying to ‘catch up’ with what didn’t get done last week. I’m even working tomorrow in the morning for a few hours to try to get to the end of ‘this week’, before I start next week.

I love my job. I love my coworkers. Everyone has been so nice. I thank God and everyone else who made this position possible for me. I was so surprised when the position was offered to me. You could have knocked me over with a feather.

That being said….I ‘moved in’, and made this space ‘my own’. It was easier to work in ‘my space’ this week. I brought in lots of things from home to personalize it. If it is like my home, it will always be changing. I even put my sweetie on my desktop.

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My cubicle is on the back row, and the left corner. There are four cubicles on each side. My friend Pattykins in on the backside, and it would be the left corner for her too. Her back is to the big front windows. I was going to move on that side to an empty space, but I decided I liked where I was. There are always people walking by, and I like that. It’s also easier for the people from the shop to find me if they need something. (It’s also only a few feet from the restroom) Winking smile20140809_123428

If you look in the top left corner of the following photo, you will see a corner with a plant. That is where the receptionist sits. She also does order entry. She gets a good view of the parking lot, the street, all the traffic, and all movement going on outside. I would like that too, but to be honest, I wouldn’t see much, because I am always busy and I don’t even watch the clock! Time flies!! The days go very fast.

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I haven’t blogged much. I haven’t done much of anything else either. Time will fix that though, and I’ll get going again on things.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Mal’s Mini Classic~A Featherweight Reproduction

A few weeks ago, I found a REPRODUCTION of the Singer Featherweight 221 on Craigslist. I contacted the seller, and we were finally able to make the connection last Saturday for me to pick the machine up. I had HEARD of this machine, but had never seen one, or ever heard of anyone else having one. I read a few things on the internet, but there wasn’t much there either. I was thrilled to be able to get my hands on this and add it to my collection.

The machine is called a Mini Classic, and the instruction manual has Mal’s in the title. It came with a few attachments (no box for them), the instruction manual, warranty card, and advertising flyer.

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The metal tag on the front says MINI Classic Sewing Machine Los Angeles, U.S.A. The manual says it was made in 1987.

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This machine was made in India….well at least the body of the machine was.

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Here are some differences between the ‘Mini’ and the Featherweight.  The ‘Mini’ takes a different bobbin case and bobbin. I have not checked to be absolutely positive, but without checking, I believe that the bobbin and hook assembly are the same as in my Juki TL-98E sewing machine, and if that is true (without me looking) it takes an L style bobbin. It threads on top the same as a Featherweight, but the needle goes in with flat side to the right, and threads left to right. The bobbin goes in the bobbin holder like most any home sewing machines, with the thread leading off to the right on top when you insert it.

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…Unlike the Featherweight which has the classic Featherweight bobbin, the needle goes in with flat side to the left, and threads right to left.  The bobbin goes in the bobbin holder with the thread leading off to the left on top when you insert it.

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This is the ‘Mini’ from the front. Notice in the following photos the differences between the two. Notice the plate on the stitch length, and the metal tags.  Also notice that the light is on the BACK on the ‘Mini’, instead of the front, unlike the Featherweight, and the light housing is plastic.

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‘Mini’ motor is a motor with a foot controller plug and light all in one unit, and attaches with a bracket. The belt and motor is the size which is used on the Singer 99’s or 66’s, and many other older Singer machines.

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The Featherweight’s motor is much different, has a special place which the frame accommodates, and the belt is MUCH longer. (Ask me how I know this? I ordered a new ‘V’ belt for the ‘Mini’, thinking it was the same as the FW, because I did not pay that much attention, DUH, and now I have an extra FW belt. A new one is on the way for the ‘Mini’. )

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Sitting together, here are some differences.

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You can see that the ‘Mini’ is just a little bit taller from the bed ‘up’. The decals are also different.

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Here are the two cases. The Featherweight case is on the left, ‘Mini’ on the right. The FW is much heavier, being made from wood and covered with a special cloth. The ‘Mini’ is made from a plastic.

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The handles are much different, with the FW handle being made from bakelite (I believe…I could be wrong), and the ‘Mini’ being made from plastic. Also notice the latches are very different. For size, the ‘Mini’ case is just a teeny tiny bit bigger.

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Ok, so now here’s what you have all been waiting for…..the performance and workmanship on this Reproduction machine. The screws going into their tapped threads are MUCH sloppier than the precision-ness (is that a word?) of Singer. The round knob that turns on the stitch length threaded rod is very sloppy, but manageable. The clutch stop knob in the middle of the hand wheel does not turn ‘true’ and also is sloppy, but works. The bobbin winding wheel has a lot to be desired, but with the new ‘V’ belt should work just fine. The ‘Mini’ now just has a generic round belt on it, which is actually riding in the wrong place on the hand wheel, and the bobbin winding wheel is riding on the bare hand wheel where the ‘v’ belt should be, but it does turn like it is supposed to do.

As for stitches, well, despite all the sloppiness in precision, I think she sews a pretty nice stitch! Sitting on the bare table, I thought ‘Mini’ was a bit ‘loud’, but once I put a towel between her and the table, she quieted right down. Will I use her? Oh, I might play with her now and then, but most of the time, she will just be ‘sitting pretty’.

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My sisterinlove gave me a book the morning we picked her and my brother up to go junking with us, not knowing we were going to pick up the reproduction machine.

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I was so excited when I saw the very first picture in the book was a white Featherweight. I don’t know if I will make any projects from this book, but I will LOVE LOVE LOVE it for the pictures of vintage sewing machines in it, for this white Featherweight picture, but especially because Polly gave it to me. My ‘Mini’ now sits on my dad’s old library table in my living room so I can look at it and smile. Even though it is not the ‘real thing’, I do LOVE it!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Hubby’s Little Motorcycle Trip

Wow. I’ve been missing in action for awhile now! I’ve been busy, but also training for my new job as Production Controller at work. I work Fridays now, and I just have been ‘spent’ mentally by all the info trying to attach itself inside my brain. So much to learn in a short time, but I am going to LOVE my new job once I get into ‘comfortable mode’. I love the new hours (8 hours instead of 10, but 5 days instead of 4). The days just FLY by!

ANYWAY, earlier last month, my hubby went on a 3 and a half day trip on his Goldwing by himself and had a great time. That was almost a month ago! He rode all day on the first day, and made it to West Virginia. On his trip, he also traveled through Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky Here are some pictures he took.

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He rode his ‘wing’ down Hwy 16, which is also called Back of the Dragon. He loved it! Of course, he needed a new Tshirt!

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He left Thursday morning July 10th, and we met at noon on Sunday July 13th in Bettendorf for lunch at Pizza Ranch. We spent some time junkin’ after lunch, then we came home. It was SOOOO good to see him, and I thanked God for keeping him safe and for bringing him home safe and sound!

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Friday, July 4, 2014

July 4th, 2014 Ride

Today we rode up to Marquette/McGregor Iowa to go to the Flea Market under the bridge. It was about a two hour ride, and a beautiful day. It was a little chilly for highway riding, but perfect with a sweatshirt. It was sunny, and very little wind.

On our way back, we followed the Great River Road, and stopped at Cassville, Wisconsin in the park to take a break and stretch. We had a little snack, and drank some water, and Louie asked if I would sit on the dinosaur for a picture. I said I would if he would!

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We ain't never gonna grow up. Nuh uh. You can't make us!

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The Turkey river was very high, so the Cassville Ferry, which takes travelers to the other side of the river, near Balltown Iowa, was docked today. People were still fishing and sitting and enjoying the river.

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So what did we find at the flea market? Well, I was on the hunt for some small post/pierced style earrings. I didn’t have any luck, but I did find 8 watches and a bracelet, and Louie found a watch as well. All but one need a battery, but we only paid $20 for all 10 pieces. Not too bad! I’m happy! I already had three watches, and I had fun wearing different ones to work this week. I like being able to wear my rings and watches. For so many years, I barely even put them on because of my job. I’m having fun now!

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Louie’s watch is the first one in this photo.

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My bracelet says: Now faith is being sure of…

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what we hope for and certain…

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of what we do not see.

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Hebrews 11:1

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We were tired when we got back. What did you do today?

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